Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. during the school year. Nursery care and Sunday School for children and youth happen simultaneously. Offerings vary from discussions of book and video resources to Bible study and special presentations of current topics and events. We strive to offer classes that both challenge and support you on your faith journey. Past offerings have included:
- Beyond the Dream: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Contemporary Christians
- Book studies on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, and Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About
- Courses on gender identity, aging, Christmas carols, understanding the Bible
- Visits from the wider community including a class on Respecting Indigenous Cultures, a visit from Rabbi Moti Rieber, discussion with transgender activist Stephanie Mott
Fall 2019 Adult Education Opportunities
Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
God Glasses: Seeing with New Eyes
August 18 & 26 (two weeks only!)
Led by Pastor Caela
A new Sunday School year for all ages kicks off on August 18th at 9:30am. Pastor Caela will be leading a two-week class (August 18 and 25th only - don’t miss it!) called “God Glasses.” As we begin a new school year, how might our lives be transformed if we tried to see the world as God sees it? Through Bible study, hands-on activities, music, and shared reflection we will center ourselves in God’s presence as we ponder how to see the world through God Glasses. Youth in middle and high school are very welcome to join us for this class!
The Bible: A Short History of the Good Book
September 8 - October 13 (six weeks)
Led by Gregory Eiselein
What is the Bible? The question is simple, but the answer is not. The contents and arrangement of the Bible are different for different faith traditions, despite many overlaps. And what we know as the Bible is the culmination of centuries of writing, editing, reproduction, transmission, discussion, and debate. It contains multiple genres: poetry, legends, histories, genealogies, laws, epistles, visions and oracles, wisdom and proverbs, biographies, and more. It was composed in multiple languages – Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—and has been translated into so many more. Moreover, the Bible is not really a book, although it is sometimes known as “the good book.” Instead, it is really a book of books, a whole library of diverse reading.
This adult Sunday School class will explore how we got the book we know today as the Bible. We will take a look at its origins and sources and authors, the ways it was pulled together and edited and arranged, its genres and contents, and the different canons and the process of canonization. We will conclude with a look at English translations and modern Bibles.
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
Oct. 27 - Nov. 24
Led by Sue Zschoche
On October 27, the Adult Sunday School will begin discussion of Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book Holy Envy: Finding Faith in the God of Others. Holy Envy is an exploration of Taylor’s very personal journey in exploring the world’s religions as she teaches a class on the faiths of the world. The class this fall will be led by Pastor Sue...we’ll read about half of the book now and follow up with the rest of the book in the spring semester.
Advent Adult Sunday School: Prayer and Our Lives
Sundays, Dec. 1 through Dec. 22 at 9:30am
Led by Deane Lehmann
Prayer. It so simple and so hard. How do we do it? What does it mean? join us for a series of questions, a look at the Lord's prayer, and guest speakers from our congregation.
Not able to attend but want to participate? We would love to hear from you. Write about your prayer life and we will share it in class. Here are some questions to get you started. What does prayer mean to you? What does praying do for you? How has praying changed you?
Midweek Book Study
Tuesdays from 11:30am-1pm
Led by Sue Zschoche
The midweek class is currently studying Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. By. Robin Wall Kimmerer.